overall health ranking in the nation continues to decline. Now in 20th
place of all 50 states, the Badger State has slipped from its 2012
score of 16th, and 12th in 2011. Wisconsin hasnít been one of the
top 10 healthiest states since 1999, and this is our lowest score
since 1990, the first year of Americaís Health Rankings by the
United Health Foundation.
Midwest is not, in general, as health conscious as the rest of the
nation," says Dr. John Wynsen, a cardiologist with Wisconsin
Heart Group in Brookfield. "It is an ongoing battle for
In the United
States, cardiovascular disease causes one in three (approximately
800,000) deaths each year. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death
for men and women in Wisconsin, as in America. However, deaths from
cardiovascular disease have consistently declined by 2 to 3 percent
per year for the last decade. This is despite increasing risk factors
such as obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
conditions and lifestyle choices that cause a higher risk for
cardiovascular disease include smoking, diabetes, poor nutrition, lack
of exercise and excessive alcohol use. Fortunately, a majority of
these risk factors can be prevented and controlled through increased
physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and eating a
Americaís Health Rankings 2012, Wisconsin is rated 20th of 50 states
in overall health. On a local level, Ozaukee comes in first of
Wisconsinís 72 counties, Waukesha is ranked 13th, and Milwaukee
County is 71st.
Health Rankings is a tool to illustrate what is making American people
sick or healthy. The chart below indicates the number of adults who
currently have unhealthy behaviors. For example, 21 percent of the
adult population in Milwaukee County smokes every day or "most
days" and has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime,
compared with only 13 percent of adults in the nation.